Support, Advocacy, Education and Community for those affected by Williams Syndrome


About CAWS

The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome (CAWS) provides support to Williams syndrome (WS) individuals, their families and caregivers, coast-to-coast. Our grassroots, parent-volunteer run organization is on a mission to spread awareness, raise funds, support research and connect families touched by WS. We are a small but mighty National Registered Charity, whose impact can be felt in tiny towns and big cities across Canada.


We strive to connect families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals across Canada; building a national community to help those with WS reach their full potential. We support families through initial diagnosis, the school system, post-secondary schooling opportunities and skills training, adult employment and housing.

Our goals are:

  • To increase awareness of WS and our organization so that affected individuals and their families feel connection and community as they navigate life with a rare syndrome.
  • To increase visibility within the medical, scientific, educational and professional communities.
  • To, wherever possible, support research into the educational, behavioural, social and medical aspects of WS.

CAWS is a registered non-profit organization in Canada.